Daily Round Up – 05/02/2021- Premiership & 6N Team News
Bedford Blues Crowdfunding Page
Bedford Blues Statement:
As you will already be aware, the Sport Winter Survival Package which has allowed us to take part in the revised 2021 Championship campaign is purely on a loan basis, there will be no grant support afforded to the club and this crowdfunding will help go towards the increased costs to meet the Minimum Operating Standards.
We are left to face huge COVID related costs of over £100,000 as well as the ongoing costs of running a club without any income streams. Click here to support.
Hartpury Commit To Championship Season
Hartpury Statement: Hartpury University RFC have committed to participating in this year’s Championship season, in effect the 20/21 season. Depending on how many clubs eventually commit, the current proposal is to produce two pools, with clubs playing each other home and away, starting on March 6th and finishing at the end of May. The two pool winners will then play off for promotion to the Premiership.
Super Rugby Aotearoa Preseason Schedule
2021 pre-season schedule
Crusaders v Highlanders, Friday 12 February, 5.30pm, Temuka
Hurricanes v Blues v Chiefs, Saturday 13 February, 12pm, Upper Hutt
Highlanders v Hurricanes, Friday 19 February, 6pm, Alexandra
Blues v Crusaders, Saturday 20 February, 3.35pm, Eden Park
Kurt Eklund Signs As Blues Replacement
Bay of Plenty hooker Kurt Eklund has been named as fulltime replacement for the Blues for the 2021 Sky Super Rugby Aotearoa season. Eklund will replace hooker James Parsons who last week announced his retirement on medical advice.
Ealing Trailfinders Launch Girl’s Scholarship
Ealing Trailfinders Statement:
In their continued commitment to supporting Girls Rugby, Ealing Trailfinders and The Henley College are delighted to announce a new and significant scholarship fund for the recently launched Elite Rugby Programme.
Thanks to The Mike Gooley Trailfinders Charity, these scholarships will allow the college and Ealing Trailfinders to support and develop talented and aspirational female rugby players aged between 16 – 18.
The College boasts a wide range of academic options in over 70 A levels and BTEC vocational courses, and has an outstanding reputation for student achievement with 82% of Henley College students finishing university with a 2:1 or above, and 30% of those students achieving a First Class degree. The rugby partnership with Ealing Trailfinders share the same ambition for sport as the College does for academic excellence.
The bursaries will support such things as accommodation local to The Henley College, and may also assist with other living costs such as academic resources, rugby kit and travel.
Georgia V Russia
Waratahs Beat Reds In Preseason
NSW Waratahs 45 – 33 Queensland Reds
NSW Waratahs Head Coach Rob Penney:
“It was a very positive start (to the year) and I’m wrapped with the commitment level and the intensity the boys brought to the event.
“Obviously being so early in the season there were going to be errors and a little bit of a roller coaster ride in terms of performance.
“But I think there were far more ups than downs and the downs were in our grasp to recover from and fix quite rapidly. So all in all, a really positive hit out,”
Coaching Role For JP Pietersen
JP Pietersen has called time on an illustrious rugby playing career that has spanned 16 years. He played over 180 games for the Cell C Sharks, being capped 70 times for the Springboks. The prolific Winger now takes up a junior coaching role at The Sharks.
Ireland V Wales
Ireland: Keenan, Earls, Ringrose; Henshaw, Lowe; Sexton, Murray; Healy, Herring, Porter, Beirne, Ryan, O’Mahony, Van der Flier, Stander.
Replacements: Kelleher, Kilcoyne, Furlong, Henderson, Connors, Gibson Park, Burns, Larmour.
Wales: Leigh Halfpenny; Louis Rees-Zammit, George North, Jonathan Davies, Hallam Amos; Dan Biggar, Tomos Williams; Wyn Jones, Ken Owens, Tomas Francis, Adam Beard, Alun Wyn Jones (capt), Dan Lydiate, Justin Tipuric, Taulupe Faletau.
Replacements: Elliot Dee, Rhodri Jones, Leon Brown, Will Rowlands, Josh Navidi, Gareth Davies, Callum Sheedy, Nick Tompkins.
Ealing Trailfinders V Saracens
Wasps V Northampton Saints
Wasps: Miller; Kibirige, Fekitoa, Gopperth, Minozzi; Atkinson, Wolstenholme; Harris, Cruse, Brookes, Cardall, Gaskell, Shields (capt), Oghre, T Willis.
Replacements: Taylor, McIntyre, Toomaga-Allen, Vukasinovic, Morris, Vellacott, Umaga, Le Bourgeois.
Northampton: Freeman; Sleightholme, Hutchinson, Francis, Naiyaravoro; Grayson, Mitchell; Waller (co-capt), S Matavesi, Hill, Ribbans, Moon, Isiekwe, Ludlam (co-capt), Adendorff.
Replacements: Haywood, Van Wyk, O Franks, Coles, Wood, James, Dingwall, Tuala.
Bath V Harlequins
Bath: De Glanville; Rokoduguni, Clark, Matavesi, Cokanasiga; Priestland, Spencer; Schoeman, Dunn, Judge, McNally (capt), Williams, Bayliss, Reid, Mercer.
Replacements: Walker, Bhatti, Verden, Richards, Staddon, Chudley, Schoeman, Muir.
Harlequins: Brown; Lynagh, Marchant, Esterhuizen, Morris; Smith, Care; Marler, Baldwin, Louw, Symons, Lewies (capt), White, Evans, Dombrandt.
Replacements: Elia, Garcia Botta, Kerrod, Young, De Carpentier, Landajo, Lang, Green.
Leicester Tigers V Worcester Warriors
Leicester: Steward;Van Wyk,Moroni,Scott, Nadolo; Henry, Wigglesworth; Bruin, Montoya, Cole, Lavanini, Green, Liebenberg, Brink, Wiese.
Replacements: Tom Youngs, Leatigaga, Heyes, Wells, Martin, Van Poortvliet, McPhillips, Murimurivalu.
Worcester Pennell; David, Morris, Beck, Humphreys; Weir, Simpson; Thomas, Annett, Schonert, Bresler, Kitchener, Mama, Kvesic (capt), du Preez.
Replacements: Cutting, Waller, Palframan, Clegg, Hill, Lewis Hougaard, Shillcock.
London Irish V Gloucester Rugby
London Irish: Parton; Loader, Rona, Hepatema, Hassell-Collins; Jackson, Phipps; Goodrick-Clarke, Creevy, Kepu, Simmons, Coleman, Rogerson (c), Cowan, Tuisue
Replacements: Matu’u, Dell, Chawatama, Mafi, Donnell, O’Brien, Meehan, Brophy-Clews
Gloucester: Woodward; Carrerras, Trinder, Atkinson, Thorley; Twelvetrees, Heinz; Ford-Robinson, Walker, Knight, Craig, Alemanno, Reid, Ludlow (c), Ackermann
Replacements: Gleave, Seville, Balmain, Atkins, Clarke, Chapman, Kveseladze, Moyle
Newcastle Falcons V Exeter Chiefs
Newcastle: Hodgson; Radwan, Wacokecoke, Orlando, Stevenson; Connon, Schreuder; Davison, McGuigan, Mulipola, Peterson, Fuser, Robinson (capt), Hardie, van der Walt
Replacements: Blamire, Cooper, Tampin, Barry, Collett, Stuart, Owen, Vuna
Exeter: Cordero; Cuthbert, Ian Whitten, Devoto, O’Flaherty; J Simmonds, Maunder; Hepburn, Yeandle (capt), Street, Witty, Skinner, Ewers, Capstick, S Simmonds
Replacements: Innard, Kenny, Van Dyk, Armand, Lonsdale, Townsend, Skinner, Hendrickson